Delphi Question: Bike security
Note from the Delphi coordinator: The following question and reply concern the theft of personal property from UCAR premises. The response both clarifies the consequences of such loss and serves to remind other staff to make sure that personal property of value kept at UCAR is properly insured. For more information on bicycle storage/theft on the Foothills campus, please refer to Dean Lindstrom's e-mail message of 30 July sent to all staff. It is available on the World Wide Web in this issue of
Staff Notes Monthly.
Facilities Support Services is evaluating the bicycle lockers and will notify staff of any improvements as they become available. In the meantime, Dean suggests that staff not leave bikes in the lockers overnight.
Question 435 (received 30 July):
My bicycle was stolen from one of the bike lockers provided by UCAR in the parking lot of FL4 (UCAR North) in mid-July. I dutifully called NCAR/UCAR security and the Boulder Police to report the theft. The locker was locked as it should be.
Answer (2 September):
I realize that security makes frequent trips to my building throughout the night, but the lockers are so flimsy that one can break in by simply pulling hard on the handle of a locker regardless of whether it is locked or not. This means that it takes no more than one or two seconds to open a locker. After a locker is open, security guards would have no way of knowing whether or not the bicycle is owned by the person standing by the locker unless they stopped and questioned the person. My experience is that security does not bother folks who look like they know what they are doing. (I frequently work until 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. and am never stopped or questioned when seen leaving the building at these late hours.)
Regrettably, after extensive inquiry throughout the organization, I have been unable to identify a formal or informal policy regarding UCAR's reimbursement of employees for loss of their personal property. Apparently, UCAR does not reimburse employees for theft or damage to personal property. It is quite possible that the questioner's bicycle is insured under the theft provisions of his or her homeowner's insurance policy. I suggest that he or she contact his or her insurance agent to determine the extent of that coverage.
--Butch Taylor, Contracts and Risk Management manager
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